The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

9/15 Dinner




Chicken Wings

Jamaican Curry, Buffalo, Chipotle Barbeque 

Served with Blue Cheese and Celery $8




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Garden Salad

Shaved Radish, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber,

Parmesan, Roasted Walnuts, Mixed Greens,

Champagne Balsamic Vinaigrette $12



Roast Turkey Sandwich

Sweet Chili- Garlic Turkey Breast, Romaine, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Sweet Chili Sauce on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Chorizo Tacos (3)

Local Mexican Chorizo, Bell Peppers,

Red Onions, Celery, Arugula, Tomatillo Sauce,

Sweet Chili Crema on Flour Tortillas $13



Short Rib

Trophy Motueka D.A.V.E. Braised Short Rib,

Roasted Mirepoix, Purple Cabbage, Au Jus $14